Havana

Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer surgery

A woman kisses a picture of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as supporters gather at Simon Bolivar Square in Caracas. Photo: AFP

President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela after spending more than two months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment, announcing his surprise homecoming via Twitter. We have arrived again to the Venezuelan motherland," Chavez wrote. "Thank you God. Thank you my beloved people. We will continue my treatment here."

 

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5:41am

Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer surgery

A supporter of Venezuelan President Chavez holds a picture of him as he takes part in a gathering at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas on Monday. Photo: Reuters

President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela early on Monday after spending more than two months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment, announcing his surprise homecoming via Twitter.

“We have arrived again to the Venezuelan motherland,” Chavez wrote. “Thank you, God. Thank you, my beloved people. We will continue my treatment here.”

19 Feb 2013 - 1:49am

50 infected in Cuban cholera outbreak

People wash their hands using disinfectant as a precaution against cholera at the entrance of a bus station in Havana, Cuba. Photo: AP

Cuba's second cholera outbreak in four months - after 130 years without the disease - has infected more than 50 people and killed one in Havana.

The latest outbreak was from the same cholera strain found to have been introduced in Haiti by Nepalese UN peacekeepers, unleashing an epidemic in 2010 that has killed some 7,900 people.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

Photo of Fidel Castro appears to disprove rumours of his death

The photo shown to prove Fidel Castro is alive. He is seen with (from right) the visiting Jaua, his wife, and a hotel manager. Photo: AFP

It is still not known for certain whether Fidel Castro is dead, alive or somewhere in between.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:26am

Cuba drops exit permit requirement

Cubans will no longer require exit permits. Photo: AFP

The Cuban government's bombshell decision to drop the widely hated exit permits required for citizens travelling abroad has unleashed "euphoria" on the island as well as concerns abroad over a possible mass exodus.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

To have and to hold

Lifestyle cover: military coat (HK$11,190) and trousers (HK$4,360), both from Gucci, The Landmark, Central. Bag (HK$36,900) by Junya Watanabe from I.T, Pacific Place, Admiralty. Shoes (HK$3,939) from Yves Saint Laurent, Alexandra House, Central.

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Outdoor lighting

1. Blob floor lamp by Foscarini, HK$10,800 to HK$14,000, from Lightism, 2104C Tower One, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, tel: 2258 6331.

2. Havana hanging lamp by Foscarini, HK$8,800, from Lightism.

3. Extremis Ice Cube light and cooler, HK$12,320, from Design Link, 11 St Francis Street, Wan Chai, tel: 3113 8728.

14 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Shades of summer

Lightweight fabrics in pastel hues will keep your children cool, while mothers-to-be can beat the heat in comfort and style

Striped cotton dresses from Jacadi (HK$800 each)

Twin-set (HK$1,640) and check shorts (HK$880) from Formes

Check/striped shirts (HK$400 each) and five-pocket trousers (HK$530 each) from Brooks Brothers

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Eye-catching

Dig out your logo handbags and match them with your eyewear this summer. Inspired by its famous 'F' logo handbags, Fendi has created eight styles for its double 'F' sun-glasses line. The laser-embossed double-F logo comes in three looks: contrasting colour combinations ($1,500), decorated with glitzy rhinestones ($4,700) or with metal rivets ($3,500).

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Net results

WHERE TO START: Cuba is bereft of cyber cafes and there is also a major shortage of printed tourist information outside the main resorts, so research your trip thoroughly before you pack your bags.

30 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Trivia file

Buena Vista Social Club: The link between Ry Cooder - who found the aged and unemployed Buena Vista Social Club musicians in Havana - and Wim Wenders, who shot this documentary about them, lies in a friendship which first came about when Cooder scored the movie Paris, Texas for the German director (he also scored The End Of Violence).

7 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Havana garden honours Diana

Cuba has honoured Princess Diana by inaugurating a memorial garden in her name in old Havana.

During Saturday's ceremony, city historian and Communist Party Central Committee member Eusebio Leal, who had the idea for the garden, praised the princess' humanitarian work.

19 Jan 1998 - 12:00am